[TRANS] EXO ‘Like No Other’ @ Harper’s Bazaar Feb. Issue Part ①

EXO 每个人都独一无二

Friedrich Nietzsche once said “Without music, life would be a mistake.” It is because of this belief that EXO with 12 different portrayals of a young man will be closely linked together. Strong vocals, impressive appearances, distinctive dances, they use music to flaunt their unbridled youth and remarkable dreams. 《Harper’s Bazaar Magazine》traveled to Korea, had an exclusive interview with EXO, and with them reflect on the stories before and after fame, as well as their views on girls.

EXO Story

Established in 2012 EXO is a 12-member male group established by South Korea SM Entertainment Company. On December 22, 2012, EXO on the same day at the same time, using Korean and Chinese respectively recorded similar songs and released the album《MAMA》, and at the same time debuted in South Korea and China and such a new way of debut has allowed them who at the time were not yet famous to attracted a lot of attention.
              Their first album《XOXO》exceeded record sales of one million copies, which established the first Korean music sales’ miracle since 2000; they with the single《Growl》swept across South Korea’s major music festivals and quickly became a well-known front line group; at the 2013 MAMA Music Ceremony they were expected by many to win and they did such that they won the year’s Best Album Award; last year’s December 9th released《Miracles in December》has already exceed 400,000 sales.
Just Need to Work Hard and Will Most Definitely Be Amazing 
         Not even two years and EXO has created wonders after wonders. Everyone says that newly debuted artists no matter in fame or in influence, cannot compete with well-known famous artists, however this phrase does not suit with EXO.
           In 2013, their winning streaks have made those who have doubted them become fewer and fewer: MAMA BC-Union Pay Album of the Year Award, Golden Disks Best Rookie Award, High1 Seoul Music Best Newcomers Award…EXO in the shortest time has completed nearly impossible tasks.
           Leader SUHO is EXO’s guardian, and is known as EXO’s “mama”. “Papa” KRIS is born in Guangdong and eventually immigrated to Canada. His exceptional appearance and body figure has earned him the title of  a “male god,”  and not only that, because he can speak Mandarin, Korean, Cantonese, English, various types of languages, he is also a diplomat for translations. BAEKHYUN is EXO’s bubbly guy, he who has started to draw thick eyeliners on is also one of the main vocalists. In such a big group, he who is funny and optimistic can at every minute break the silence, relieve the awkwardness. D.O. who looks cute is EXO’s main vocalist, and his voice that slightly flavorful has made people cannot help but become addicted. LAY is from Changsha. He who is very shy is the one of the group’s main dancers, and not only that, because of remarkable musical instrument performances and composing talent, he is also praised as a music prodigy. Baby-face Xiumin is EXO’s oldest brother, and with very good skin he makes all females jealous. As the oldest, compared to other members, he is always more dignified, quietly caring of others, sharing the responsibilities with the leaders. CHEN ever since debut because of his surprising high vocal abilities, he has left deep impressions on people.  From his dignified aura during the early days of debut, to his aristocratic and warm temperament to his crisp and clear hearty laughter, all have made this Korean young man stand out. Even in a foreign country, he still always maintain an optimistic positive attitude. TAO with a tough outer appearance is a very special presence in the group. He who has trained in martial arts for 11 years in China, with impressive singing abilities and profound dancing abilities have deeply attracted the masses’ attention. KAI is EXO’s main dancer. His magnificent dancing abilities which he gained from training since his childhood days have made KAI shine brightly on stage. CHANYEOL who is talented in many musical instruments and loves to laugh is a very cheerful and playful young man. During his high-school days, he was once very popular because of his many talents, such that even before debut, he had a many fans. LUHAN who was born in Beijing is the only one in EXO who has a set of multiple roles: main vocal, lead dancer and  Mr. Photogenic on top of being a Chinese member. From the inside out he emits a gentle beauty. SEHUN is EXO’s maknae. He who is innocent and cute has the important role of acting cute and because he is the youngest he receives a lot of care from his older members. 
Need to Join Together in Order to Create Wonder
        What does 2012 mean for EXO? They who have debuted not too long ago  before they could adapt have even experienced moments of public criticism, however the only thing that these 12 young men can do is to persevere. From《MAMA》to《Miracles in December》EXO in these past two years with unbelievable speed created wonder after wonder.
Speaking of EXO, many people do not understand why there is a EXO-K and a EXO-M, however these two sub-groups which are distinct based on the environments of two different countries, China and South Korea, have been given an unusual meaning: When the sky and ground was one, there was a “legend” in which 12 forces nurtured for the tree of life. However the eye’s red breath was spreading evil, consistently getting closer to the heart of the tree of life making it slowly become wilted. Consequently in the “legend” the heart of the tree of life will be separated into two and hidden away, and following time and space, these 12 forces separated their powers into two parts, creating two similar suns, functioning in two extremely similar worlds. As they mutually greet each other in these two similar worlds, they will cleanse both worlds of the red breath, and in the end, the 12 forces will reunite into one root, creating a new world.

*Trans cr: Icingonyou © 2014

[TRANS] EXO Valentine’s Day Interview @ Harper’s Bazaar Feb. Issue Part ②

Tao

What type of girls do you like?
Nice body figure, good-looking, elegant and glamorous, princess type. Most importantly she has a bright and kind personality.
Let’s say you are at a cafe or party, girls with what type of qualities are most attractive to you?
I like girls who are quiet, not too provocative but still have a type of aura that is attractive to me.
The most romantic thing you did is what?
For example, on birthdays, I will not only give her a cake and presents, I will also bring her to the beach to spend a memorable birthday together and give her a special surprise.
Trans cr: Icingonyou © 2014

Sehun

What type of girls do you like?
Nice body figure, good-looking, must be kind.
Will you strike a conversation with the girl you like?
Based on my personality, I am not the type to take the initiative to introduce myself. However if it is true love, I think that I might take the initiative.
What are your requirements and expectations of your future life-long partner? At what age will you get married?
I will most definitely get married after 30 years old. I hope she can care for my parents and me good and must be able to do household chores.
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Luhan

What type of girls do you like?
Girls who are quiet, well-mannered, have long hair, and most definitely have fair skin.
If at a party you meet such a girl, will she be the first thing that attracts you?
It is unpredictable, because different environments, different lighting or different atmospheres, all will affect my perception. At any particular moment, maybe I will suddenly think she is the most beautiful.
For example during dating,  when it  is ambiguous (whether she knows you like her and vice versa), will you take the initiative or will you be passive?
I will tell her directly (that I like her), will take the initiative to make my feelings clear.
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Kai

What type of girls do you like?
I like girls who are passionate towards their job/career.
Will you strike a conversation with the girl you like?
I will not take the initiative to strike a conversation. If I like her, I will try to slowly get to know (understand) her.
Have you thought about marriage? What are your requirements for your wife?
I have thought about marriage, because I really like children, but I have not thought about requirements for my significant-other half. For women their health is the most important, because that way their babies will be healthy.
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Chen

What type of girls do you like?
A girl who looks pretty when she is laughing.
Do you see yourself as someone who is romantic?
I think I am someone who is not very romantic. I am not very attentive and I can’t take care of others very well.
What are your requirements and expectations of your future life-long partner? At what age will you get married?
I hope my wife can cook.
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Xiumin

What type of girls do you like?
I do not have a specific type. A girl who has a lot of charisma when l look at her for the first time is fine. It is a type of feel, I can’t describe it to make it understandable.
Have you done anything romantic?
I have thought about making coffee for the girl I like.
If you meet the girl that you like will you take the initiative to court (pursue) her?
I will not take the initiative to court her, but through some hints I will let her know my feelings.
Trans cr: Icingonyou © 2014

D.O.

What type of girls do you like?
A girl who looks pretty when she is laughing.
What kind of girls will at the first moment attract you?
I am not a believer of love at first sight. When I slowly get to know her that is when there will be feelings. I do not like girls who are too pretty. I like girls who has charisma when she is laughing.
When you meet the girl you like, will you take the initiative or be passive in courting her?
I am a very proactive person.
Trans cr: Icingonyou © 2014

Baekhyun

What type of girls do you like?
Not too tall, very fair skin, very cute, is polite and courteous. I like girls’ clothes who have the fragrance of just washed.
Do you see yourself as a romantic person?
I am not a romantic person but I will make the girl I like laugh because I am very playful (mischievous).
What are your requirements and expectations of your future life-long partner? At what age will you get married?
I really like children. I have thought about marriage before, but now-a-days I am busy with work, so I want to consider marriage after 30-years-old. I have no requirements for my significant-other half, as long as we coexist in harmony is fine.
Trans cr: Icingonyou © 2014

Suho

What type of girls do you like?
Girls who have long hair, very fair skin, a lively and playful personality.
You like to study about the art on girls’ nails, so what kind of manicure represent what kind of personality?
Simple colors represent a relatively introverted personality. Nails that have heart-shaped designs on it represent a relatively lively personality. Nails that have gems on it flaunts charisma.
Do you see yourself as a romantic person?
My tattoo represents romance *Not sure if there is a typo  in the magazine* There was a time when I played the piano, sang, and gave  my girlfriend  a necklace in a cafe in front of a lot of people.
Trans cr: Icingonyou © 2014

Chanyeol

What type of girls do you like?
Girls who share similar interests, like similar music styles, have a slender body figure.
Let’s say you are at a party, what kind of girls will at the first moment attract you?
I do not care about girls’ outer appearance, I like girls who are straight-forward.
What are your requirements and expectations of your future life-long partner? At what age will you get married?
I like cooking, so I would like a wife who also likes cooking, this way we can cook food together.
How would you introduce yourself, get to know her?
I will get close to her and very affectionately introduce myself, see her reaction, ask for her favorite style of music, from such questions start (our understanding of each other).
Trans cr: Icingonyou © 2014

Kris

What type of girls do you like?
Pure, like an angel, filial, can cook. 
Have you done anything romantic, said anything romantic? 
I have yet the opportunity to do such things, but I believe I am a romantic person. I will spend time and energy to prepare a surprise for her. I will make it very romantic, that she will feel happy and touched, I have the intention but I have yet to do it. However I am a romantic person (at heart). 
Let’s say you are a party, what kind of girls will at the first moment attract you?
I easily first look into other people’s eyes, most importantly is that she is the type of girl I like as previously said, girls who have especially beautiful eyes should attract me at the first moment.
If you meet such a girl, will you take the initiative to introduce yourself, are you the proactive type?
It depends on the situation, I am not the proactive type, I am relatively introverted.
Trans cr: Icingonyou © 2014

Lay

Have you done anything romantic, or said anything romantic?
I can do whatever that can be thought of, for a specific example, on a sports arena arrange a heart out of candles, are forms of Events that I learned from watching movies and TV.
If you meet a girl you like, will you take the initiative to introduce yourself? Are you the proactive type?
I wait a bit and see if she is only looking at me. If she is only looking at me, I might try to go up to her and talk to her. Usually when I meet a girl that I like I will not make the first move. 
Let’s say you are at a party, what kind of girls at the first moment will attract you?
Pretty, has long hair, shorter than me, height is not a problem. When I see her at the party, if there is feel then I will go talk to her. If her attention is on me, that will also attract me. On extraordinary situations I will also take the initiative to court the girl.
Trans cr: Icingonyou © 2014

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[WEIBO UPDATE] EXO @ Harper’s Bazaar February Issue Preview

EXO @ Bazaar Weibo

Translation: #Harper’s Bazaar February issue# Grand Preview: Without music, life would be a mistake. EXO with 12 different portrayals of a young man will be closely linked together. Strong vocals, impressive appearances, distinctive dances, they use music to flaunt their unbridled youth and remarkable dreams. 《Harper’s Bazaar Magazine》traveled to Korea, had an exclusive interview with EXO, and with them reflect on the stories before and after fame, as well as their views on girls.

[WEIBO UPDATE] EXO Love Letters to Fans via Harper’s Bazaar

Yixing’s message
To: Fans
Hi everybody~ I am Lay. Zhang Yixing. Thank you everyone for your support towards EXO. We are also working hard to prepare for each and every stage. The time we are active in China is not long, but you all still support us like in the past.Thank you all.
Thank you for always staying by our side, supporting and rooting for us. Actually, in the time that we have become the pillars of your energy, you all have also become a part of us that we need.
In the future, I hope that we will help each other and rely on each other as we continue walking on~
I wish all couples a blissful day, a happy day~ ❀
Happy Valentine’s Day~ 
Lay :Þ

Kris’ message
To: Every one of you ♡
Thank you for always staying by my side and supporting me.
Thank you^^
Love always ♡
Kris

Tao’s message
Thank you for everyone’s support towards EXO; for always staying by our sides. We also exist for you.
I love you all ♡ !!
Also, thank you HL ♡
Tao ^__^

Luhan’s message
Thank you so much for everyone who are supporting us! Actually even if I don’t say anything, everyone already knows what I’m going to say right! ~Haha
We will work even harder to show everyone even better performances!
It’s really cold recently, so everyone make sure to dress warmly! Be careful not to get a cold!
I hope everyone spends Valentine’s Day joyfully!
♡Luhan♡
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Baekhyun’s message
Hello everyone~! I’m EXO’s light, Baekhyun!
This time around, spend Valentine’s with us~! On a special day like that, I really miss everyone~ ♥ I believe everyone feels the same too~ ^.^ Pfft! Always be with us not only during special days but every single day~! I love you~♡ 
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Suho’s message
Hello. It’s EXO Suho~!!!
Has it been a happy 2014~ everyone~?
If I’m with you guys, I will be always happy!! Have a happy 2014 and be always healthy~♡
Love you~♡”

Kai’s message
Hello fans, it’s EXO Kai. I think it’s the first time writing a letter personally like this to fans so it’s really nerve-wrecking but I’ll write my best. You guys, first of all, I hope you’re doing well~ I’ve been happy and doing well together with fans. Already, Valentine’s Day is near~ In my heart, I want to give chocolate to each fan but since I don’t have the opportunity to, I’ll give chocolate through this letter ㅠㅅㅠ In the interview, since it’s Valentine’s Day, they asked about dating but you found it boring because I answered uninterestingly, right?~ As of yet, I haven’t thought about dating~ Because I have you guys~ Spend 2014 being happy and live to your fullest, and this year we’ll show you guys our best. Spend this year happily with EXO~♡

Xiumin’s message
To. My Love♡
Hello. It’s ‘XIUMIN’ who’s the eldest hyung of EXO but is being protected by dongsaengs.
I think 2013 was really… for not only me but for ‘EXO’ an unforgettable! so precious! year. EXO fans, thinking about it again, are the galaxy’s best~! If fans (I don’t even want to think about something like this ^_^) What is the reason that I am never tired of saying ‘I love you’? ㅋㅋㅋ
It’s because EXO really love fans without pretense and sincerely like, and love, you fans!! (Conclusion!)
In 2014, gaining strength from your supports and love, we EXO will try to become more new and cool.
Everyone! Happy New Year and I. Love. You >-<”
by. Xiumin

 

Kyungsoo’s message
Hello! It’s EXO D.O.!
Thank you very much for always loving us EXO, and we’ll become EXO who will grow and be more cool. Always be happy and be filled with loooots of happy moments! Thank you ♡_♡”
D.O.
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Sehun’s message
I’ll only say this. Let’s go together until the very end!
Sehun

Chen’s message
Hello~♥ It’s EXO Chen! Are you having a nice 2014 Valentine’s Day? Us EXO, through <BAZAAR>, is sooooo~ happy that we get to spend Valentine’s Day with fans ^.^
I’ll cheer for you to always be happy and be filled with happy moments in 2014! ♥
Everyone, I love you♥
Chen
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Chanyeol’s message
Let’s always be together with EXO in 2014~!! I Love you all~! Wo ai ni men ♡
Chanyeol ♔
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[WEIBO UPDATE] EXO Featured in Harper’s Bazaar Valentine’s Day Special Issue

Bazaar Message

BAZAAR in the upcoming February issue will have a special dedication to #EXO Valentine’s Day Special Edition#! Therefore the BAZAAR team deliberately went to  Seoul for the photoshoot. The behind the scenes footage and the love letters to fans personally written by EXO all 12 members’ will be shown ahead of time! A friendly reminder: After the official February issue is put out in the market, BAZAAR will host multiple benefit sweepstakes for fans, so please follow our official WEIBO page.